Latin America & Caribbean News

Trinidad & Tobago Oppostion Leader in NY

Brooklyn, NY – July 11 – Dr. Keith Rowley, Opposition Leader in Trinidad & Tobago’s Parliament and Political Leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM), held a town hall meeting this evening at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Rowley spoke about a variety of problems and challenges facing Trinidad & Tobago. He said a….

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Major Caribbean Lecture in NY

New York , April 21- As part of their goals to present meaningful programs to the Caribbean-American community, Western Union and Grace Kennedy are presenting a lecture series, “Engaging the Diaspora – Enriching the Caribbean.” Speakers include James Moss Solomon, Exec-in-Residence at Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies; Don Wehby, CEO, Grace Kennedy Group; Sean Mason, Regional Vice President Caribbean, Western Union and Attorney-at-Law Brian Figeroux, a specialist on immigration. The series is free to the public. It will be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

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Basil Paterson – Grenadian-American – Dead at 87

New York – April 17: Basil Paterson, a famous African-American who was born in NY in 1927 of Grenadian father and Jamaican mother, died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The Paterson ancestral home is still on Carriacou, Grenada. Paterson, one of the most active politicians in New York City, maintained contacts with family members on the island of Carriacou and those living on the mainland of Grenada and Brooklyn, NY.

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Laureate Derek Walcott Honors at Medgar Evers

To you, Derek Walcott, for time spent in the service of verse, for the miracle of achieving ordinary speech, in thousands of poems that are simply, prayers, for the next poem, and the one after that, this award- The W.E.B. DuBois Award, presented on behalf of Medgar Evers College, CUNY, at this 10th anniversary of the Black Writers’ Conference, 2014.

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I Pledge To Read

New York City, March 12: Jamaica’s Consul General Herman LaMont opened the “I Pledge To Read” campaign last night in Queens, NY. “I Pledge to Read” week is presented by GraceKennedy Money Services, Western Union and the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations … geared towards young students in New York City of Caribbean heritage.

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Soca and Calypso with Usain Bolt Trinidad & Tobago

Port-Of-Spain, Feb. 28: Carnival parades and reveling in the streets of Trinidad & Tobago, Rio, Dominica, New Orleans, Haiti and Carriacou are Monday and Tuesday, March 3 & 4. In Trinidad & Tobago and Dominica, calypso and soca competitions, integral components of carnival, begin tonight. In Trinidad & Tobago the winner of the Soca Monarch gets $TT2 million, more than US$500,000.

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National Calypso and Soca Monarch Finalists

Port-of-Spain, Feb. 23: Trinidad & Tobago carnival climaxes this weekend. The 12 finalists who will compete on Sunday, March 2, for the title of the National Calypso Monarch of Trinidad & Tobago 2014 has been determined by a panel of judges who selected 11 from 40 artists in last Saturday’ semifinals. The 11 represent various Calypso Tents. The 2014 National Calypso Monarch will win a cool TT$1,000,000.

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Saint Lucia 35th Independence Anniversary

Castries, St. Lucia, Feb 21: Prime Minister Kenny Anthony tribute to Sir John Compton who led Saint Lucia into independence 35 years ago, Feb. 22, 1979. The speech, Celebrating Our Past,” was given at the unveiling of a statue of the late Sir. John Compton on the eve of Saint Lucia’s independence at Constitution Park.

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Sparrow Achieves Trinidad & Tobago Highest Award

Port-of-Spain, Feb 19: The highest award Trinidad & Tobago can bestow on its citizens, Order of Trinidad & Tobago, will be bestowed on Grenada-born Dr. Slinger Francisco known worldwide as The Mighty Sparrow. Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar made the announcement at a carnival school event attended by The Mighty Sparrow who recently returned to Trinidad & Tobago after a long hospitalization and rehabilitation stay in New York.

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40 ARTISTS IN CALYPSO MONARCH SEMIFINALS

Port of Spain, Feb. 17: The Trinidad & Tobago Unified Calypso Association released the 40 calypsonians, selected from various calypso tents across Trinidad & Tobago, who will compete in the National Semifinals on Saturday. At Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday, February 22, the judges will choose 11 for the National Calypso Monarch title. They will try to dethrone the 2013 monarch Pink Panther. Many veterans are in the group of 40 including Chalkdust and Singing Sandra. Sandra is already booked to appear at the EVERYBODY’S Mother’s Day Saturday Concert on May 10 in Brooklyn, NY.

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THE MAN AND HIS CAMERA BY CLYDE JONES

New York, Feb. 17: Clyde Jones, an EVERYBODY’S Magazine photographer, has released the 2nd edition of his picturesque book, The Man and His Camera. The book was launched a few weeks ago in Mr. Jones beloved nation, Barbados, and in New York last Friday.

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Trinidad & Tobago May Have Consecutive Female Prime Ministers

A former People’s National Movement (PNM) Senator and presently Chairperson of the Women League of the PNM, Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, is challenging her party’s Political Leader Dr. Keith Rowley for leadership of the PNM. Elections for senior executive positions within the PNM is due in May. If Beckles-Robinson is successful in toppling Rowley and becomes political leader she will most likely be appointed Leader of the Opposition in the nation’s parliament and will lead the party in the attempt to defeat Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and her UNC/People’s Partnership Government in the 2015 national elections.

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